Dean Park Primary - School Handbook 2021-2022

 
Dean Park Primary - School Handbook 2021-2022
Dean Park Primary

  School Handbook
     2021-2022

           Dean Park Primary School

           31 Marchbank Gardens

           Balerno

           EH14 7ET

           T: 0131 449 4529

           E: admin@deanpark.edin.sch.uk

           W: deanparkschool.org.uk
Dean Park Primary - School Handbook 2021-2022
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                                      Children and Families Vision

Our vision is for all children and young people in Edinburgh to enjoy their childhood and fulfil their
potential.

We believe that children and young people do best when:

    •    they are able to live safely and happily within their own families with the right kind of support as
         needed
    •    they attend first class, inclusive schools and early years settings which meet their needs

We will do all we can to strengthen support for families, schools and communities to meet their
children's needs.

Our mission is to place children, young people and families at the heart of our service and provide
support when it is needed throughout childhood and the transition to adulthood.

             In Edinburgh children and young people are at the heart of our vision for the future.

As an inclusive community we work with parents, carers and, where appropriate, partner agencies to support
all children and young people.

By working together, we help children and young people to develop understanding about relationships, respect,
teamwork, honesty, fairness, patience, and compassion. We do this by offering interesting and relevant learning
experiences, by providing our staff with the training and resources they need, and by working with the whole
community to accept and care for one another. This isn’t always easy, but we believe it is essential so that our
children and young people understand the people they meet and learn how to work together to handle setbacks
and difficult situations throughout their lives.

When children and young people experience adverse events or as a response to their additional support need,
they let us know by reacting in different ways. This presents difficulties for those around them. By working
together, by understanding the cause and working out solutions, we can find a way to solve or deal with a
problem. If it takes time to get over a problem we will work with a child, young person, and their family to work
out the best way forward. This may involve making adaptations and providing additional support or in
exceptional circumstances identifying a change of environment.

We recognise that we all experience difficult times, and that everyone deserves the best possible care and
support. In Edinburgh we support children and young people to learn in different ways according to their needs.
As children and young people learn to read, write, and count some require more support than others do. This
need for support arises for a variety of reasons learning difficulties, challenges with emotional regulation and
social communication issues. We must meet the needs of all our students in a fair, compassionate, and
proportionate way.

In considering how to support all children and young people reach their full potential it may not always be
possible to arrive at a resolution all parties agree. However, we will to listen to any parent, young person, child
or member of staff and work together to resolve difficulties.

We are committed to do all we can to make Edinburgh an inclusive place to live and learn.

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WELCOME FROM THE HEADTEACHER

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the Dean Park Primary School Handbook for session 2021/22.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you and your family to our school
community. Dean Park is a strong school community, committed to creating a
learning environment where everyone has the opportunity to flourish. We are an
inclusive school community and celebrate diversity.

This handbook offers an introduction to our school and a general overview of the
education your child will be getting at school.

To make our handbook easy to use we have divided the information into five
different sections:

   ➢   Section One            Practical Information about the School
   ➢   Section Two            Parental Involvement in the School
   ➢   Section Three          School Curriculum
   ➢   Section Four           Support for Pupils
   ➢   Section Five           School Improvement

If you have any questions or would like any further information on any aspect of this
handbook, or the education of your child, please do not hesitate to contact the
school.

Kind regards,

Ms Nicola Rankine
Headteacher

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        SECTION 1: PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL

This section deals with the practical aspects of your child’s attendance at our school.
It provides details on such things as:

   •   How to contact us
   •   School Roll
   •   Organisation of the school day
   •   Term dates
   •   Enrolment and registration
   •   Communication
   •   School uniform
   •   School meals and milk provision
   •   Financial assistance with school clothing, transport and school meals
   •   Emergency school closures
   •   Complaints procedures

                                   Contact Details

  Head Teacher                Ms Nicola Rankine
                              Mrs Clare Thomson
  Depute Head Teacher/s
                              Ms Lynsey Binnie
  Business Manager            Mrs Tracy Kiggins
  Administrator               Mrs Amy Buchanan

                              31 Marchbank Gardens
  Address                     Balerno
                              EH14 7ET
  Telephone Number            0131 449 4529
  Website                     https://deanparkschool.org.uk/
  E-mail Address              admin@deanpark.edin.sch.uk
  Twitter                     https://twitter.com/Deanparkprimary/
                              https://www.facebook.com/Dean-Park-Primary-
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                              School

                                  About the School

  Stages of Education provided for           Nursery to P7

  Present Roll                               88 Nursey & 490 P1-P7

  Denominational status of the school        Non-denominational

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                                   Organisation of the School Day

                                     Mondays – Thursdays                     Fridays
  Start Time*                    8.50am All classes             8.50am All classes
  Morning Break                  Morning break of 15 minutes.
                                 P1/2 – 55 Minutes
  Lunch Time                                                    N/A
                                 P3-7 – 45 Minutes
                                 2.45pm P1 & P2                 12.15pm P1 & P2
  Finish Time
                                 3.15pm P3 – P7                 12.25pm P3 – P7
                                 1140 hours Term Time
  Nursery
                                 8.30am-2.30pm Monday-Friday
     We operate a direct entry system called FLOW for all classes. Pupils make their way
  directly into their classrooms from 8.40am. The school bell will ring at 8.50am marking the
                                    start of the school day.

           Information about P.E. days for pupils will be shared by the class teacher.

                                           Term dates 2021-22

    Staff resume                                   Monday       16 August *         2021
    Staff only                                     Tuesday      17 August *         2021
    Pupils resume                                  Wednesday    18 August           2021
    Autumn Holiday          Schools closed         Monday       20 September        2021
    All resume                                     Tuesday      21 September *      2021
    Mid-term                All break              Friday       15 October          2021
    Staff resume                                   Monday       25 October *        2021
    Pupils resume                                  Tuesday      26 October          2021
    Term ends                                      Tuesday      17 December         2021

    Staff resume                                  Wednesday     5 January *         2022
    Pupils resume                                 Thursday      6 January           2022
    Mid-term                All break             Friday        11 February         2022
    All resume                                    Monday        21 February         2022
    Term ends                                     Friday        8 April             2022

    The Easter break incorporates the following two holidays
    Good Friday           Schools closed          Friday            15 April        2022
    Easter Monday         Schools closed          Monday            18 April        2022

    All Resume                                    Tuesday       25 April            2022
    May Day                 Schools closed        Monday        2 May               2022
    Staff only                                    Tuesday       3 May*              2022
    Pupils resume                                 Wednesday     4 May               2022
    Victoria Day            Schools closed        Monday        23 May              2022
    All resume                                    Tuesday       24 May              2022
    Term ends                                     Friday        1 July              2022

 * Five In-Service days for all schools.

Term dates for the coming years may be found at: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schools/term-
dates

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Registration and Enrolment
The date for registration of new school entrants is advertised in all local nurseries, in
the local press and on the council’s website www.edinburgh.gov.uk.

Registration for Primary One and First Year Secondary takes place in November each
year. Pupils should be registered in only one school for their catchment area. Parents
will be provided with information about the school, when they register their child.

Parents who want to send their child to a school other than the catchment school must
make a placing request. Please refer to section four of this handbook for more
information on placing requests.

Parents of pupils who have moved into the catchment area or, who wish their child to
transfer to the school, should contact the school office for information.

Attendance and Absence
It is the responsibility of parents of a child of school age to make sure that their child
is educated.

Absence from school is recorded as
   • authorised, that is approved by the Communities and Families department, or
     as
   • unauthorised, that is unexplained by the parent

Please let the school know by letter if it is a planned absence (e.g. hospital
appointment) or phone by 9.30 a.m. on the day of your child’s unplanned absence
(e.g. sickness bug).

You should phone the school office to update us on each day of your child’s
absence. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents, the absence will be
regarded as unauthorised.

Please make every effort to avoid family holidays during term time as this will
disrupt your child’s education and reduces learning time.

Headteachers can approve absences up to two school weeks (10 days) from school
in certain situations. Any requests for extended absence over two school weeks (10
days) will be referred to the Senior Education Officer, who will decide if it will be
recorded as authorised or unauthorised leave.

Please discuss your plans with your child’s Headteacher before booking the holiday.
If they cannot give permission before the holiday, it will be recorded as unauthorised
absence. They can authorise a holiday if you can prove that work commitments make
a family holiday impossible during school holiday times. Normally, your employer will
need to provide evidence of your work commitments. Absence approved by the
Headteacher on this basis is regarded as authorised absence.

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Parents from minority ethnic religious communities may request that their children be
permitted to be absent from school to celebrate recognised religious events. Absence
approved on this basis is regarded as authorised absence.

Extended leave can also be granted on request for families returning to their country
of origin for cultural or care reasons.

A supportive approach is taken to unexplained absence. However, the Communities
and Families department has legal powers to write to, interview or prosecute parents,
or refer pupils to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel, if necessary.

School Uniform
Parents are asked to co-operate with the school in encouraging the wearing of the
school uniform.

                                      The uniform was agreed in consultation with
                                      parents, pupils, staff and the Parent Council. It
                                      incorporates a range of popular items of dress,
                                      e.g. sweatshirts and polo shirts.
                                      Wearing school uniform contributes to a positive
                                      school ethos and helps avoid discrimination and
                                      reduces peer pressure to wear expensive
                                      designer clothing. It encourages our children to
                                      be proud of their school and develops a strong
                                      sense of belonging.
                                        A school’s reputation can also be enhanced in
the local community by the wearing of school uniform and school security will be
improved as it will be easier to identify intruders.

School Uniform Ordering
Orders for new school uniform with the Dean Park logo may be placed using the
Online Ordering System, via the school website at
https://deanparkschool.org.uk/parents/school-uniform/

For those who do not have internet access, a Uniform Order Form can be obtained
from the school office. Orders usually take two to three weeks to be despatched, either
direct to the school or to your home address, however this may increase during
traditional busy periods. New school ties, blazer badges and water bottles can be
purchased from the Dean Park Thrift Shop.

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Thrift Shop
Good quality second-hand uniform and accessories such as jackets, sportswear and
school bags, can be purchased from the Dean Park Thrift Shop. Details of opening
hours are on the school website.

General Uniform Guidelines

   ✓ Pupils should have a pair of indoor shoes for when weather is wet

   ✓ When wellington/snow boots are worn to school, pupils should bring a change
     of shoes for inside. We strongly recommend a change of socks also.

   ✓ Only in the event of severe weather will pupils remain indoors at break and
     lunchtimes, therefore pupils should always be prepared and bring a waterproof
     jacket to school each day.

   ✓ Please ensure that all items of clothing and school accessories are clearly
     named, particularly sweatshirts, PE equipment, lunch boxes and water bottles

   Dean Park Uniform
     ✓ waterproof jacket, school fleece or black blazer
     ✓ grey trousers or grey skirt
     ✓ blue summer dresses
     ✓ white school shirt or polo shirt
     ✓ P1 - P6 navy pullover or school sweatshirt
     ✓ P7 Optional red sweatshirt or hoodie
     ✓ dark jogging bottoms / leggings

Dressing for PE (Physical Education)
All pupils are required to change for PE and the appropriate clothing and footwear for
PE should be worn. These are necessary for health and safety reasons and your co-
operation is requested to ensure that pupils are equipped to participate in the PE
lessons. Clothing such as T-shirts or other items painted with inappropriate language
or illustrations are not permitted. Football colours are also inappropriate.

The following approved kit is needed on all PE days and should be kept in a gym bag
at school:
    • Shorts
    • T-Shirt
    • White socks
    • Jogging bottoms/leggings
    • Gym shoes with non-marking soles
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      •   Long hair should be tied back for gym and all jewellery should be removed.
      •   Gym bags are returned home at regular intervals for washing.

On PE days the children are permitted to attend school in jogging bottoms and trainers.
They are still expected to wear their school sweatshirt and polo shirt or house colour
t-shirt.
Please help us by ensuring that pupils do not bring valuable or expensive items of
clothing to school.
If you have any queries regarding the school’s dress code, please contact the school
office

      If you need support to buy school uniform for your family, please do not
                              hesitate to get in touch.

School Meals
Menus offer healthy and tasty meal options while reflecting the Scottish Government
food and drink legal requirements for school lunches.

Special diets and allergies are accommodated in consultation with parent/guardian
and catering services.

Meal prices are reviewed annually. Please contact the School to be advised of the
current price.

A sample menu can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website at
https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/food-clothing

Free School Meals & Clothing Grants
A parent will qualify for Free School Meals and Clothing Grant if they meet any of the
following conditions:

•    Universal Credit (where your monthly earned income is not more than £610)
•    Income Support
•    Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
•    Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
•    Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
•    Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than
     £16,105
•    Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and an income of up to £6,900

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Your child might still get a free school meal if you're experiencing financial hardship.
This could be because:

•    your immigration status means you cannot get help from the government
•    you're still waiting on your first Universal Credit notice

Clothing Grants are paid direct into a nominated bank account. The payment will show
in the bank statement as ‘CEC-EXPEN1’.

Children in P1-P3 get the universal Free School Meal but an application should be
made so they qualify for both free school meal and a clothing grant.

Each award is valid for one school year. The award provides

      •   each child with one school meal and milk each day they attend school
      •   a clothing grant payment of £100 for each child.

We pay one clothing grant per year, per child, into your bank account. Most clothing
grants are paid throughout July and August before the new school year begins.

Information on free school meals and clothing grants and how to apply is
available on the website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolgrants

Travel to and from School
We encourage our pupils to walk to school as most of our pupils live in the school
catchment. Parents are requested, when dropping off/collecting children from school
that they do not park in any location which causes an obstruction and they take care
not to restrict the view of anyone crossing.

Please leave Disabled Parking free for our families who have a blue badge who require
them to get their child to school on time.

General Supervision

Before school begins supervision is parental responsibility, therefore pupils
should not arrive at school until as near to the school start time as possible.

Dean Park follows a FLOW system for pupils entering the school in the morning. We
have found that Flow makes for a calmer and more relaxed start to the day, reducing
congestion and noise in the cloakroom areas and lowering stress and anxiety levels
of pupils arriving at school.

Doors open at 8.40am for an 8.50am start and during FLOW time, children gradually
filter in through the appropriate entrance and sit down in their classroom ready to start
the school day.

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Staff are on each of the main gates to meet and greet pupils and help with any anxious
children and staff are in classrooms. The bell rings at 8.50am to indicate the start of
the school day.

Throughout FLOW parents are asked to remain out of the playground so pupils learn
to enter the school independently. Children can enter the building using any FLOW
entrance and not specifically the one closest to their classroom.

Breakfast Club
Dean Park’s Breakfast Club offers a safe and welcoming start to the children’s day
and provides a relaxed environment where the children can eat and socialise with
other children before school.

The Club is open to all Dean Park pupils and costs £2 per child per session and runs
from 8.00am until 8.50am, when school begins. Pupils may arrive at any time within
this time period and can enjoy an optional breakfast (included in the cost), play games
and chat, read or draw.

Sample Menu (variable, depending on availability)

   •   Choice of cereal – Cornflakes, Rice Crispies, Weetabix, Bran Flakes
   •   Fruits – apples, pears, bananas, satsumas, raisins
   •   Drinks – semi-skimmed cow’s milk, soya milk, water

To register for Breakfast Club, for each child you must complete a one-off Breakfast
Club Enrolment Form. The link is available on the Breakfast Club section on the school
website:
https://deanparkschool.org.uk/breakfast-club/

Once you have received confirmation that your child has secured a place, you can
then make bookings for Breakfast Club via your child’s ParentPay account.

Please contact Mrs Graham if you have any questions regarding our Breakfast Club
dawn.graham@deanpark.edin.sch.uk

School Security

Please note that due to current restrictions, parents are not permitted in the
school building.

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The safety and security of pupils and staff when attending or working in a school is
very important to us. Schools use a number of security measures including visitors’
books, badges and escorts, while visitors are within the school building.

Normally, anyone calling at a school for any reason will be asked to report to the
school office. The school staff then can make the necessary arrangements for the
visit. We would respectfully ask that parents do not attempt to enter schools through
another entrance, unless supervised by a member of staff.

If you wish to speak to a member of staff then please contact the school office where
we shall be happy to arrange this for you.

Wet Weather Arrangements
In wet weather pupils are allowed into school during breaks and at lunchtime. Children
having school lunches may remain in school during wet weather. It is especially
important that they exercise good behaviour at those times.

Unexpected Closures
In the event of an emergency, such as a power cut or severe weather, that prevents
schools from opening in the morning or results in an early closure a range of
communications channels are used to let parents know.

We will contact parents directly via ParentMail, as well as posting messages on
Twitter, Facebook and the School Website.

In addition, announcements will be made on local radio stations and via the Council's
corporate Twitter account www.twitter.com/Edinburgh_CC and Facebook page
www.facebook.com/edinburghcouncil.

If many schools are affected, or the situation is likely to be prolonged, then the
Council's website https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolclosures will also be used.

Mobile Phones
The benefits of mobile phones are recognised. Many young people and their parents
                        regard them as an essential means of communication. Mobile
                        phones can continue to be brought into schools however the
                        following limitations will apply in our school:
                        • they must be turned off during school hours
                        •   they not be used at break or lunchtime
                        • mobiles are not to be used as cameras in school
                        • other electronic equipment is not permitted

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Complaints, Comments and Suggestions Procedure
We all hope that you will be completely satisfied about your child's education and we
encourage feedback on our services from parents and pupils. We are, therefore,
interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be compliments, suggestions or
complaints.

If you want to register a comment of any type about our school you can do this by
writing, e-mailing, telephoning or making an appointment to see someone. All
feedback is welcome and keeps us in touch.

If, in particular, you have a complaint about the school, please let us know. It is better
that these things are shared openly and resolved fairly, rather than being allowed to
damage the relationship between the family and the school. There will be no negative
consequences arising from making a complaint and we will deal with the issue as
confidentially as possible.

There are some things which you should take note of in relation to making a complaint:
   • Please make any complaints initially to the Headteacher. This makes sure that
      the school knows what is going on and has an opportunity to respond and
      resolve the issue.
   • We will try to respond as quickly as possible, but often issues are complex and
      we need time to investigate.
   • If you are dissatisfied with the service or/and with our response then you will
      have the right to take the matter further and contact Advice and Complaints
      Service        (Schools        and        Lifelong        Learning)      email:
      cf.complaints@edinburgh.gov.uk or by telephone: 0131 469 3233.

If you remain dissatisfied after the further investigation and reply you can take the
matter up with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, our reply will include the
contact details.

Health and Safety
Within the general policy laid down by The City of Edinburgh Council, the Communities
& Families Department has prepared and has continuing development of, safety policy
statements for all areas of its responsibility and accordingly manages health and safety
and welfare in a way that complies with health and safety statutory and regulatory
requirements, and all relevant approved codes of practice and guidance.

School staff are fully instructed in their responsibilities in this respect, and safety
regulations apply to all aspects of school life, both on and off the premises.

It is expected that pupils will behave responsibly and comply with all safety
requirements. The support of parents/carers in promoting good practice in health and
safety matters is of great importance to the school.

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Information about how we manage pupil data in schools/ELC settings
Dean Park Primary School has a legal responsibility to deliver an effective educational
programme to its pupils. In order to do this, we need to collect personal data about our
pupils/children and their families so that we can help them learn and keep them safe.
The type of personal data we will collect include:

Data about our pupils/children and their families
This will include the name, address and contact details of the pupil/child and relevant
family members. It will also include information about relevant medical conditions, any
additional supports which are needed, and their family situation. We need this
information to ensure we know our pupils/children and their families, and to ensure we
are able to educate them appropriately and keep them safe.

We will also collect personal data relating to personal characteristics, such as ethnic
group to enable statistics to be reported. We need this information so the Council can
ensure it is delivering education appropriately to all its citizens.

Data about pupils/children at school/within ELC setting
This will include data about progress, assessments, and exam results. It will also
include records of attendance, absence, and any exclusions. We need this information
to understand how our pupils/children are progressing, and to assess how we can help
them to achieve their best.

Data about when and where they go after they leave us
This will include information about their next setting/school, career paths or intended
destinations. We need this information to ensure we support our pupils/children in all
their transitions and do all that we can to help their future be a success.

There will be times where we also receive information about them from other
organisations, such as a pupils’ previous school, the previous local authority where
that school or ELC setting was based, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, Social work,
Additional Support Services, and sometimes other organisations or groups connected
to a pupil’s education. We use this data similarly to the above: to support our pupils’
learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care; and
assess the quality of our services.

When we collect and use personal data within school/ELC setting, and for the reasons
detailed above, we will normally be acting in accordance with our public task.
Occasionally we are also required to process personal data because the law requires
us to do so, or because it is necessary to protect someone’s life.

We will also take photographs in school/ELC setting and display them on our walls,
and in newsletters and other communications. We do this in order to celebrate and
share what we have done, including individual achievements and successes.

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We consider this use of images to be part of our public task as it helps us build an
effective community which supports learning. We will not, however, publish these
photographs on social media or in newspapers without permission. Consent for this
use will be sought when a pupil/child joins Dean Park Primary School and will be kept
on record while they are with us. Consent can be withdrawn at any time, please just
let us know.

Sometimes we need to share pupil information with other organisations. We are
required, by law, to pass certain information about our pupils to the Scottish
Government and the Council. This data is for statistical purposes and will normally be
anonymised. It is normally required to enable the Council, and the Government, to
understand how education is being delivered and to help them plan for future
provision. Further information about what the Scottish Government does with
statistical data it receives is provided below.

If a pupil/child moves schools/ELC settings, we have a legal obligation to pass on
information to their new school/education authority about their education at Dean Park
Primary School.

When we record and use personal data, we will only collect and use what we need.
We will keep it securely, and it will only be accessed by those that need to. We will not
keep personal data for longer than is necessary and follow the Council’s Record
Retention Schedule and archival procedures when records are identified to be of
historical value and require to be retained in the Edinburgh City Archives.

For more information on how the Council uses personal data, and to know more
about your information rights including who to contact if you have a concern, see the
City Of Edinburgh’s Privacy Notice.

Sharing personal data to support Wellbeing
In addition to the above, Dean Park Primary School has a legal duty to promote,
support and safeguard the wellbeing of children in our care.
Wellbeing concerns can cover a range of issues depending on the needs of the child.
Staff are trained to identify when children and families can be supported and records
are kept when it is thought that a child could benefit from help available in the
school/ELC setting, community or another professional. You can expect that we will
tell you if we are concerned about your child’s wellbeing and talk to you about what
supports might help in the circumstances. Supports are optional and you will not be
required to take them up.

If it would be helpful to share information with someone else, we will discuss this with
you and seek your consent before we share it so that you know what is happening and
why. The only time we will not seek consent to share information with another
organisation is if we believe that a child may be at risk of harm. In these situations, we
have a duty to protect children, which means we do not need consent. On these
occasions, we will normally tell you that information is being shared, with whom, and
why – unless we believe that doing so may put the child at risk of harm.
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We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless
the law and our policies allow us to do so.

Sharing educational data with the Scottish Government
The following information has been provided by the Scottish Government – Education
and Training Division to let you know why they collect statistical information from
school and what they do with it:
Education authorities and the Scottish Government collected data about pupils on
paper forms for many years. We now work together with schools to transfer data
electronically through the ScotXed programme. Thus, the Scottish Government has
two functions: acting as a ‘hub’ for supporting data exchange within the education
system in Scotland and the analysis of data for statistical purposes within the Scottish
Government itself.

What pupil data is collected and transferred?
Data on each pupil is collected by schools, local authorities and the Scottish
Government.

The data collected and transferred covers areas such as date of birth, Scottish
Candidate Number (SCN), postcode, registration for free-school meals, whether a
pupil is looked after by his/her local authority, additional support needs including
disability and English as an Additional Language (EAL), and attendance, absence and
exclusions from school.

The SCN acts as the unique pupil identifier. Pupil names and addresses are not
passed to the Scottish Government. Your postcode is the only part of your address
that is transferred for statistical purposes, and postcodes are grouped to identify
‘localities’ rather than specific addresses. Data is held securely and no information on
individual pupils can or would be published by the Scottish Government.

Providing national identity and ethnic background data is entirely voluntary. You can
choose the ‘not disclosed’ option if you do not want to provide this data. However, we
hope that the explanations contained in this message and on the ScotXed website will
help you understand the importance of providing the data.

Why do we need your data?
In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, the
Scottish Government, education authorities and other partners such as the Scottish
Qualifications Authority and Skills Development Scotland need accurate, up-to-date
data about our pupils. We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of
school life and achieve better examination results. Accurate and up-to-date data
allows us to:

   •   plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils
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   •   plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils
   •   better understand some of the factors which influence pupil attainment and
       achievement
   •   share good practice
   •   target resources better.

Your data protection rights
The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance
with the Data Protection Act (2018). We also comply with the National Statistics Code
of Practice requirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the
confidentiality of data. The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will
use your data. This message can give only a brief description of how we use data.
Fuller details of the use of pupil data can be found on the ScotXed website
(www.scotxed.net).

The Scottish Government works with a range of partners including Education Scotland
and the SQA. On occasion, we will make individual data available to partners and also
academic institutions to carry out research and statistical analysis. In addition, we will
provide our partners with information they need in order to fulfil their official
responsibilities. Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control of the Scottish
Government, which will ensure that no individual level data will be made public as a
result of the data sharing and that these data will not be used to take any actions in
respect of an individual. Decisions on the sharing of data will be taken in consultation
with colleagues within and outwith the Scottish Government.

Concerns
If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the Senior
Statistician, scotxed@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or write to The ScotXed Support Office,
Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. Alternative versions of this page are
available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other languages, audio tape,
braille and large print.

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School Nursing Team

The School Nursing team is made up of the
   • School Nurse (Specialist Qualified 3rd part Nursing and Midwifery Council
      (NMC) registrant – now masters level 11 post graduate degree)
   • Community Staff Nurses (Registered Nurse on Part 1 of NMC –
      undergraduate degree)
   • Community Health Assistants (not a nurse, may have SVQ qualifications in
      care related field)

Services provided: Universal Services for All School Age Children:
Child Health Surveillance Programme
   • P1 eye tests by Health Assistant - (only for those who did not receive this
       preschool in nursery)
   • Growth Measurements by Health Assistant– currently at Primary 1 and Parent
       health Questionnaire (this may change in the future dependant on Scottish
       Government obesity strategy and the Health Visitor assessment at 4-5 years
       preschool)
   • Primary 7 health questionnaire - growth measurement may be added in the
       future linked to Scottish Government obesity prevention work
   • Drop in Services - a drop in health zone for High School Pupils (either in
       school or community facility) who are seeking advice or support on sexual
       health and health related issues

Education of Staff and Pupils
  • Staff training – CPD in-service days on health actions plans, anaphylaxis etc –
     will be usually be delivered by the staff nurse
  • Healthcare Plans for pupils - education staff will be supported by staff nurses
     on the planning and education

Healthcare Needs of Children with Moderate to Complex Physical Nursing
Needs:
  • For children in Complex Needs Schools, nursing care needs will be delivered
      by the nursing team who are based in these designated schools

School Nurse Services for Children/Young People with Increased Needs:
10 key areas specialist school nurses will focus on:
   • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
   • Substance Misuse
   • Child Protection
   • Domestic Abuse
   • Looked After Children
   • Homelessness
   • Youth Justice
   • Young Carers
   • Sexual Health
   • Transitions
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How to Refer
Children can be referred to the School Nurse by their school or their GP or other health
care professional. Children and young people can also self-refer. They can do this by
discussing this at drop ins or asking their teacher/ guidance teacher to refer them.
Parents can refer by discussing with their GP or child’s teacher/ guidance teacher.

Further information
Our NHS Lothian School Nursing Service web pages:
https://services.nhslothian.scot/SchoolNursing

Who Does What
  • GP – all regular family health care
  • CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Specialist service
  • Hospital Paediatric – medical/surgical and other specialist services
  • Community Paediatrician – doctors in community child health
  • CCN Team – Community Children’s Nurses - specialist paediatric trained
     nurses
  • AHPs – Allied Health Professionals - speech and language therapy,
     physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, orthoptics – referral based
     service
  • CVT – Community Vaccination Team - nurses who deliver vaccination
     services to all age groups
  • Learning Disability Services – where there is LD diagnosis
  • Oral Health – Dental – prevention and treatment service
  • LAC – Looked After Children - nurses who work only with looked after
     children. When notified by Social Work that a child has become looked after,
     the LAC nurses will undertake a health assessment. They may refer to school
     nursing for ongoing reviews and wider support.

Head Lice
Head lice can be spread through head to head contact at home, while playing or in
school.
Regular wet combing of your child’s hair using a head lice detection comb is the best
way to catch this possible problem at an early stage.
The only way to be sure that your child has head lice is to find a live louse. If you find
live lice, get the correct lotion from your doctor, health visitor or pharmacist. Shampoos
and other treatments are not effective.

One treatment is two applications of the treatment lotion, seven days apart. If this is
not followed, then re-infection is likely.

Advise family members and close friends that your child has head lice and that they
should check their own hair. Only treat if live lice are found. Don’t be shy about advising
others of this possible problem because you would likely tell family and friends about
other infections which might affect them.

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Medicine Administration
We have a Pupil Support Assistant and a member of Senior Management dedicated
to keeping and updating medical concerns. These might include allergies, diabetes,
asthma and short-term medications. Parents must inform the school of any medical
conditions and fill in the appropriate forms which can be collected from the office. Any
medication administered at school must have a medical consent form.

Gaelic-Medium Education
Gaelic-medium education (GME), is available at nursery, primary and secondary
levels. There are Gaelic parent and toddler groups and playgroups across the city.
Edinburgh’s first dedicated Gaelic nursery and primary school, Bun-sgoil Taobh na
Pairce, opened in Aug. 2013 in the Leith area of the city. The school attracts a wide
range of families from across the city and the wider Lothian area. Although pupils
attending the school do not need to have prior knowledge of Gaelic, it is strongly
recommended that they attend a Gaelic-medium setting for their pre-school years. In
addition, parents with no Gaelic themselves are encouraged to engage with learning
the language themselves.

Pupils should register for a nursery or school place in the usual way. Taobh na Pàirce
runs regular open afternoons for prospective nursery parents, where all families will
receive a very warm welcome.

Please contact the school for further information.

Pupils who have studied at Bun Sgoil Taobh na Pairce transfer to James Gillespie’s
High School, at the end of P7, to continue with their GME. In response to the increasing
demand for GME, the City of Edinburgh plans to further develop it’s secondary GME
provision by opening a dedicated GME Secondary school from 2024. Details relating
to specific location etc. will emerge after further consultation.
Additionally, pupils from across the Lothians entering S5 or S6, who wish to study
Gaelic at secondary level, can, depending on space and availability of courses, enrol
at James Gillespie’s High School to study at National 4, National 5, Higher and
Advanced Higher courses.

Use of social media
Dean Park Primary School understands the benefits of using social media; however,
if misused, our school community can be negatively affected, such as by damaging
the school’s reputation. We advise parents, and carers to conduct themselves on
social media using the following three commons approach to online behaviour:
    • Common courtesy
    • Common decency
    • Common sense

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Parental Requests for class lists
Information about your child is held securely and appropriate safeguards are in place.
Due to these safeguards we are unable to provide parents and carers with the list of
names your child is classmates with.

Other School Policies For details of other school policies, please consult the school
website: https://deanparkschool.org.uk/

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            SECTION 2: PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE SCHOOL

Parental involvement is very important as we know it helps children do better in school.
This section contains information about how parents can be involved in supporting
learning at home as part of a home – school partnership.

You can also find out more about the ethos of our school, what our values are and our
aspirations for our pupils including how we celebrate pupil success, and links we have
with partner organisations and the wider local, national and international community.

Lastly, it includes information on our Parent Teacher Association/Parent Association
and Parent Council, how to contact them and how parents can get involved in the life
and work of the school.

Equality
City of Edinburgh Council is committed to improving the quality of life for those who
face inequality, harassment, discrimination and prejudice and to harness the talent
and celebrate the difference of all who live in the city. This commitment is set out in
the Equality, Diversity and Rights Framework which can be viewed on the council’s
website. As a school, we are committed to fulfilling our obligation of equity and
excellence for all learners, with particular reference to protected characteristics under
the Equality Act 2010 (race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age,
marriage or civil partnership, transgender status or pregnancy/maternity) and other
factors such as poverty.

Ethos
Dean Park is a Gold Level UNICEF Rights Respecting School. It is our goal to create
a learning community in which everyone can flourish. Building and maintaining
relationships is very important to us. When things go wrong we use Restorative
Practice to mend relationships which have been damaged. We aim to work through
challenges with individuals in a positive and reflective way.
The children run many school faculties, organisations and working groups in the
school to which they are democratically elected. Most are supported by teachers,
parents and community groups. To fully appreciate just how engaged the pupils are in
the Ethos and Culture of our school you would have to come and see us in action.
We work hard in keeping the whole school community up to date with communication
with regards to the work and life of the school. If you would like to talk to the
Headteacher about any issues of concern, please do not hesitate to make an
appointment at the school office.

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Values
We are committed to supporting the development of the whole pupil and as a result,
wish to encourage their development in spiritual, moral, social and cultural terms.
These key aspects of learning are supported through the following arrangements
by:-

   •   Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these
       aspects of development, especially by providing an overall atmosphere that is
       both caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for the
       development of personal responsibility.
   •   Promoting social and moral learning through the way in which issues are
       handled.
   •   Ensuring that staff and adults within the school provide positive models for
       pupils.
   •   Arranging regular gatherings of the school as a community and using such
       occasions to encourage and reinforce the values on which the school is based.
   •   Enriching the curriculum in all appropriate areas with an emphasis on spiritual,
       moral, social and cultural development.
   •   Providing opportunities within the curriculum to advance personal and social
       development.
   •   Providing a programme of religious education in which consideration will be
       given to responses to basic questions relating to the meaning, value and
       purpose of human life.
   •   Providing a programme of moral education
   •   Taking every appropriate opportunity to acknowledge, value and appreciate the
       various cultures and heritage of the pupils and to encourage them to appreciate
       and value the cultures and heritage of others.

Celebrating Success
At Dean Park we believe in taking every opportunity to celebrate the many
achievements of our pupils. We acknowledge and recognise achievement and
regularly praise pupils for doing well and showing commitment to their chosen
activities, both within and outside of school.

Pupils’ efforts and achievements are recognised through a variety of systems:-

   •   Sharing news with the class
   •   Class reward systems
   •   Awarding of house points
   •   School assemblies
   •   Featuring on school website
   •   End of Year Prizegiving

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A Dean Park Learner
To go with our school vision, we asked our pupils, our teachers and some parents
what makes a Dean Park Learner:

Promoting Positive Relationships
We want to engage directly with parents to foster and develop our positive ethos. To
work together to maintain and support shared learning community values and
excellent home/school communication. We want to work together to address, prevent
and resolve any difficulties should they arise and to build on our strengths together.
 We have a small number of easily remembered rules / values which everyone in our
learning community knows. These are summarised in three words / short phrases:
1. Ready
2. Respectful
3. Safe

These form the basis of all our conversations in relation to behavioural expectations.
It is helpful if parents can also discuss these rules / values with their children if there
has been an incident in school. The purpose of these conversations is to find solutions
and develop skills that will prevent problems in the future.

Rights Respecting School
Dean Park was the first school in Edinburgh to become a Level 1 and Level 2 Rights
Respecting School and in 2017 was given Gold status. This award is based on
understanding the values and articles of the United Nations Conventions of the Rights
of the Child (UNCRC). To secure, and in order to retain this award, it is a requirement
that:

• all children and staff understand the language of rights, respect and responsibility
• the ideals are embedded into our school development plan
• children are involved in decision making
• a steering group is established
• class charters are established
• the school develops an ethos where children use the language to support their role
  as Global Citizens
• the school promotes its shared values with parents and the wider community.

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The rights which, are written as numbered articles, can be found tied to all aspects of
the children’s learning. They are often displayed beside examples of work. The
benefits associated with this award are becoming increasingly apparent in the
classroom, in the playground, on trips and outdoor classroom activities.
The behaviour management system within Dean Park primary is designed to be an
effective way of promoting positive behaviour.
Behaviour Management Policy
At Dean Park we have a positive behaviour policy.

Permeating this is the work Dean Park has done to achieve Rights Respecting School
status, where all pupils are encouraged to be familiar with their own and other’s rights
and responsibilities. This, along with the ethos of our school, means that expectations
for behaviour at Dean Park are of a very high standard.

Individual Class Teacher’s Reward System
Each class teacher may have their own individual reward system in place to aid with
class motivation. This may take the form of marbles or vouchers awarded for good
behaviour.

Preventing and Responding to Bullying and Prejudice Behaviour Among
Children and Young People
City of Edinburgh Council have recently updated their anti-bullying guidance.
The guidance for schools supports our commitment to equalities and the wellbeing
and protection of children and young people from bullying and prejudice by other
children and young people and aims to prevent bullying and prejudicial behaviours
and attitudes. It aims to develop positive relationships with all members of school
communities and partnerships as part of our approach to getting it right for every
child, creating communities that allow children to be Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured,
Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included.
To support and further improve the positive relationship within
schools, equalities groups, which have a wide representation
of all stakeholders and reflect the diversity of the school
community, will work to take forward the key messages that
are included in the guidelines and to ensure that all children
have access to support, have their views listened and
responded to and are involved in the decisions that will make
continue to make their school a place to feel safe, happy and
nurturing.
Our stance on creating an anti-bullying policy is an important part of our school drive
to develop a respectful, equitable and inclusive culture and ethos. We believe that, if
we encourage respect, celebrate difference and promote positive behaviour, everyone
is less likely to see bullying as acceptable behaviour.

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We are committed to equalities and the wellbeing and protection children and young
people from bullying and prejudice by other children and young people. All schools
have a procedure which is informed by the overarching ‘Preventing and Responding
to Bullying amongst Children and Young People’ procedure. We recognise that policy
and procedures alone will not address the prevention of bullying; through our core
practices (Relationships, Rights Respecting, Resilience, Restorative) we aim to build
positive relationships and a culture and ethos which ensure respect, equality and
inclusion. We promote anti-bullying and anti-discriminatory attitudes and behaviours
through preventative, pro-active and responsive approaches.

Bullying and discriminatory behaviours are not tolerated. The school will put in place
appropriate support for all children and young people involved in a bullying
incident. Children who display bullying behaviour will be supported to identify the
feelings and views that have caused them to act in this way and challenged, through
education and learning, to develop alternative ways of behaving. Partnership with
parents is instrumental to our approach to preventing and responding to bullying and
in cases of bullying it is important that all parents involved work with the school to
resolve the problems in the best interests of their child.

Parental Involvement
We welcome parental involvement and engagement, as research has shown that
when parents are involved children do better in school.

All parents are welcomed and encouraged to:
     • be involved with their child’s education and learning;
     • be active participants in the life of the school; and
     • express their views on school education generally and work in partnership
       with their children's schools.

We value the support that our school receives form pupils and families. We know that
the work of the school depends on our partnerships and hope that everyone feels part
of this partnership work. This section contains information about how parents can be
involved in supporting learning at home as part of a home – school partnership.

An example of parental involvement are our official parent bodies: Parent Council and
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Parent Councils (PC)
Parent Councils are the formal representative body for parents / carers with children
attending school. Parent Councils are different in each school to enable them to meet
the needs of parents / carers locally. Parents are welcomed to be:

          •   involved with their child’s education and learning;
          •   be active participants in the life of the school; and
          •   express their views on school education generally and work in
              partnership with their children's schools.
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